Ep. 35: The Art of Booking Pt. 6 - Hillside Festival w/ Samir Baijal

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Today, we are releasing the sixth episode in our series titled ‘The Art of Booking’ where we speak with Artistic Directors of music festivals from across Canada. In this week's episode, we speak with Samir Baijal, the Artistic Director of Hillside Festival on Guelph Lake Island in Guelph, Ontario.

Samir chats about his process of booking both the lineup and the workshops and the importance of fostering community. He also delves into how Hillside serves as a model for a 'green festival' — designed to minimize its environmental impact after the event ends.

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Samir (Sam) Baijal has been the artistic director at the Hillside Festival since 1998. He also programs entertainment at the University of Guelph where he has worked for 30 years. His favourite activity is going to concerts. 

Presented by Folk Music Ontario
Hosted by Rosalyn Dennett
Produced by Kayla Nezon and Rosalyn Dennett
Mixed by Jordan Moore of The Pod Cabin
Theme music “Amsterdam” by King Cardiac
Artwork by Jaymie Karn

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